A New Cancer Treatment Method...
A group of
researchers from Europe finds a new form of immunotherapy which can help the immune system to produce
interferons in order to selectively attack and kill cancerous cells. The scientists believe this new method
will completely change the way cancer is
The incidence of
cancer is increasing worldwide at an alarming rate, according to the International Agency for Research on
Cancer, the specialized agency of the WHO Cancer Control Program. In the World Cancer Report 2014, data
collected by more than 250 experts from 40 countries shows an increased incidence and mortality from cancers
worldwide. In 2012, 14 million new cases were diagnosed, causing the death of 8.2 million
If this trend
continues, these figures should rise to about 22 million diagnoses and 13 million deaths by 2030. Developing
countries will be "disproportionately affected" by this increase because of the growth and aging of the
population and lack of proper medical care. For instance, Over 70% of the total number of cancer-related
deaths worldwide occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
spent every year, it remains alarming for a patient to hear from his physician, “I am sorry, you have
cancer.” This is because of not only the pain caused by the illness but also the adverse reactions of the
In absence of
surgical therapy, there are two ways to fight cancer: either the cancer cells (as well as healthy cells) are
attacked directly with chemotherapy/radiotherapy, or they are attacked by the body’s natural defense, the
immune system. The latter is better considering chemo drugs do not cure cancer. Instead, they damage both
cancerous and healthy cells, which lead patients to experience serious side effects in addition to the
symptoms of the disease.
A more effective
method is now being considered to help the body fight against cancerous cells while causing few adverse
reactions. A group of researchers of University of Fribourg have discovered a new technique to induce the
immune system to fight against cancer cells. Their research is likely to offer a therapeutic alternative to
patients. During the research, the team used substances capable of activating the immune system to direct
them with precision against malignant cells.
pushed the defense system to produce interferons, a group of signaling proteins made and released by host
cells in response to the presence of several pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, as well as
tumor cells. "These molecules work by stopping the production of chemokine" a protein generated by malignant
tumors to obstruct the immune system via its regulatory T cells.
prospects are excellent," says Professor Carole Bourquin, one of the scientists who published the findings in
the Journal of Cancer Research. The world has been waiting for so long to have a better method to fight
cancers,” states Mr. Rafael Delvix, founder of Cancer Effects. The researchers are so confident
that they think clinical practice could be changed in a few years. Cancer patients will be able to receive
better care, suffer fewer side effects, and have a higher survival chance.
When consider how
the current cancer treatment tends to severely damage
the organs in the body, this new technique is awesome. Maybe this is the beginning of the time where cancer will
be considered and treated as a common cold.